fruitful

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From Middle English fruitefull, equivalent to fruit +‎ -ful. Compare Dutch vruchtvol, German fruchtvoll, Swedish fruktfull.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹuːtfəl/
  • Hyphenation: fruit‧ful

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fruitful (comparative more fruitful, superlative most fruitful)

  1. Favourable to the growth of fruit or useful vegetation; not barren.
    Synonym: fertile
    Antonyms: barren, infertile, unfruitful
  2. Being productive in any sense; yielding benefits.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:productive
    Antonym: unfruitful
    The extra work in the office turned out to be fruitful after all—I got promoted

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